The Queen’s On ‘Gram!

March 15, 2019
Photograph taken by Julian Calder for Governor-General of New Zealand [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)]
The Queen of England might be ninety-two years old, but she’s no stranger to some of the latest communication tools like Twitter and Instagram. In fact, Queen Elizabeth has strongly supported the advancement of the use of communication technology. Last week, while visiting London’s Science Museum, Her Majesty came across an archived letter that was written to her great-great-grandfather, Prince Albert, by Charles Babbage in 1843. In the letter, Babbage told Queen Victoria and Prince Albert about the “Analytical Engine” that he had created. What’s so great about this machine? This invention was used to create some of the first computer programs. Incredible, we know! So, it was only fitting that the Queen took a picture of this letter and post it to The Royal Family’s Instagram channel—her first ‘Gram ever! No sweat, right? Not for the Queen, of course. After all, Queen Elizabeth sent her first tweet in 2014 during her last visit to the Science Museum, and before that, she launched the first British Monarchy website in 1997 and sent her first email in 1976. Yep, we’d say she’s pretty hip, wouldn’t you?

What do you think communication technology will look like ten years from now?